Merton Glover, 92, of Black Hawk, SD, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at the V. A. Medical Center in Ft. Meade.
Merton was born Feb. 15, 1918 in Trinidad, CO, to John and Maude Glover. He moved with his parents to Manderson, SD in 1918, later moving to Porcupine. Merton was always active in 4-H and was a very active supporter of the program. He donated two calves towards setting of the 4-H Trust Foundation and served on the Board of Trustees from 1971-2005. Merton was active in the SD Stockgrowers for over 30 years, serving as President from 1963-64. He was an area Vice President of the old American National Cattlemen’s Association. He spent 20 years building a Purebred Hereford herd. He was a member of the American Hereford Association and was active and supported the Black Hills Hereford Association and the SD State Hereford Association.
He represented Shannon and Fall River counties in the State Legislature in 1955-57. Merton was Chief Brand Inspector for South Dakota from 1986-1991. Merton was a life member of the American Legion (55 years), the Elks (50 years) and a life member of the V.F.W and the Purple Heart Association.
Merton married the love of his life, Mable Miller on Aug. 17, 1951. He joined the Army and was stationed at Ft. Meade in Sturgis, SD with the 4th Cavalry. He joined in 1941 and served through World War II, landing on Utah Beach, was in the Battle of the Bulge and met the Russians at the Elbe River. He returned home in 1945 to Porcupine to his ranch, where he lived until 1979 when he sold his ranch and retired to Black Hawk. He served in five campaigns and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Merton was very involved with the 4th Cavalry Assn, having attended 60 reunions. He served as President and was chairman for 17 reunions.
He is survived by his wife, Mable; daughter Brenna (Jim) Williams and granddaughters Jamie and Kaci of Gillette, WY; son Kendall Glover of Black Hawk; son Craig (Linda) Glover and grandsons John and Justin and step-grandchildren Melissa and Cody; daughter June (Keith) Ross and granddaughters Samantha and Kelsi of Pocatello, ID; along with nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters.
Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Chaplain H. B. Cleveland officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273 and the South Dakota Army National Guard, will follow in Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the 4th Cavalry Museum, the SD Stockgrowers or a memorial of your choice.
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